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FOX Business
Jan 13, 2017 4:00pm EST
that now? do you think that somebody speaking truth to powers is willing to say mr. tillerson, you've got to understand this. and explain the way you just did. >> i don't know. but the trump foreign policy team remains in disarray. there are so many contradictory signals. but rex tillerson head of exxon knows there's a lot more oil in the south china than anybody think so, i can't see the rational for it. just a blunder, but the conspiracy theory to divert from our true interests, which are europe, nato, secondary the middle east. and, by the way, the nominee the head of the cia both said this week that our number one strategic threat is russia. now, china is a competitor, sometimes adversary. russia is our enemy. big difference. david: well, a lot of four star generals are going to be in the cabinet giving device to donald trump. so presumably some of them will say what you just did. thank you very much. >> thank you. david: a crippling ice storm is moving in the midsection. it's already responsible for at least one death as winter storm jupiter continues to push eastward. it's freez
FOX News
Jan 13, 2017 11:00am PST
lenient with putin. >> heather: mr. tillerson feels that nato is important. and that our european allies have reason to be concerned about russia. >> very much so. european allies are concerned that russia is too aggressive and they rely on united states, and germany and britain to make sure nato is strong. the greatest power differential between the united states and russia nato. we have a great a liiance and putin has nothing like this. one hopes that president trump would build up on nato and with merkel. there is a concern that he will try to make deals with putin on the islamic state and at the expense of europe. >> heather: his cabinets pick publics are certainly taking a strong stance on that. i want to ask you about china and the south china sea and building up islands and a lot of oil reserves under that and so much shipping and commerce goes through that. how does the incomcanning administration handle that. >> it will be a difficult issue with china it pertains to international you law. and china built up its military in the violation of international law and last summe
FOX News
Jan 13, 2017 10:00am PST
i think in order to deal with a serious question like this -- >> mr. tillerson, there are videos and pictures that are there. >> need to be fully informed before advising the president. >> there is so much information out there, should not be hard to say that vladimir putin's military has conducted war crimes that have been never acceptable in in syria to specifically target civilians as has happened there with the russian military. >> jenna: why didn't you mention rex tillerson as someone you agree with this week? >> i will say two things, i agree with senator rubio that vladimir putin is a war criminal and they are committing war crimes. that being said, i'm not sure this is something the secretary of state should be declaring even before he has been confirmed. i'm not sure how diplomatic that is. i would be more sympathetic to rex tillerson in that clip. the reason i'm more hesitant as he spent 41 years as working for an oil company, and the values and skill set that you learn in that job is frankly different from what you need when you are secretary of state his job at exxonmobil
Bloomberg
Jan 13, 2017 12:00pm EST
your bloomberg business flash. rex tillerson faced questions this week about his ties to russia. look under pressure is tillerson facing? we ask the former director of national intelligence. to use the analogy that right now mr. trump and his team are in the waiting room. after january 20 they will be in the situation room. is a great deal of difference between those two circumstances. lookare going to have to at these issues and come up with a coordinated and integrated approach to these very important questions. >> more insight from the national security reporter in us from washington dc. you heard what he said about the secretary of state and president being in the situation room. that is a far different situation from where they are now. there are also 17 different intelligence agencies contributing. electch did the president need to agree on positions when it comes to foreign policy? them ultimately there will be agreement between them publicly. big questions the we have been trying to answer, how much rex tillerson and other nominees who have gone before the senate, how much the
CNN
Jan 13, 2017 6:00am PST
feel out over the next several years. >> so there's also this, trump's pick mr. tillerson, he testified he had not even talked to trump about russia policy so is it possible that these different viewpoints are a surprise to mr. trump too? >> yeah, they could be. and general kelly, his pick to head homeland security, testified that he had not had any conversations and didn't really know where the administration was going to go on the question of what to do with the almost 800,000 people who have been shielded from deportation under the obama administration's so-called daca program, dreamer act, young people. so it's clear that there are some big issues of policy that the president-elect has not engaged on. he has shown he's quite interested in policies having to do with jobs. we've seen that repeatedly as he's tweeted and talked about things like carrier corporation and general motors and toyota. on a lot of other issues, some of which they'll deal with in about a week. he does not appear to have engaged in the details and maybe not even the broad general strokes of policy. and
CNBC
Jan 13, 2017 9:00am EST
rubio who challenged mr. tillerson. that was kind of a heated exchange. and senator rubio didn't sound too impressed with the answers that tillerson gave on russia, even though they were more hawkish certainly than president-elect trump's. >> it's a good question. i know marco is continuing to look at the nomination. he takes it seriously. i mean, secretary of state is one of the most senior level positions in the united states government. he's doing his due diligence. i know he's not made up his mind yet on which way he's going to go on tillerson. but as you said, the hearing itself i think was concerning to those of us who are concerned about russia. a lot of us believe that russia is not acting in the united states' interests certainly when it comes to eastern europe and threats to nato. and so it's important that the people in the trump administration are clear-eyed about those threats. >> yeah, alex, actually i just sort of wonder how much that is going to play into what's really a pretty ambitious legislative agenda, at least on paper. we don't really know what the specific
ABC
Jan 13, 2017 6:00am EST
: believe it or not president and mrs. obama have some competition. the new neighbor on the block. and how they are one it's perfect. it's beautiful. there's nothing we would change about it. rex tillerson put exxon's interests before america's.. i'm not here to represent the us government's interest. instead, tillerson sided with putin. with billions in russian oil deals... he opposed us sanctions on russia... ...for war crimes forced to pay hundreds of millions for toxic pollution... ...putting profits ahead of our kid's health. tell your senators to reject rex tillerson. and protect american interests not corporate interests. jummy: talk about one upping the first family. jeff bezos who owns amazon will be neighbors with president and mrs. obama. bezos bought a former textile museum and plans to turn it into a 27,000 square foot single-family home. it sold in october for $23 million cash. ivanka trump and her husband are also moving into a new home in colorado as -- in kalorama as well. i cash. veronica: one, two. come on, hurry up. all right. out there this morning it
we deal with with mr. putin and we recognize that he is trying to break the north atlantic alliance. >> reporter: now trump's pick for secretary of state rex tillerson and department of homeland security john kelly expressed views in hearings that clashed with trump like trade and immigration and the border wall. this is setting up -- it may ease the confirmation process, but setting up important policy clashes with the white house once the administration comes into power. >> if they do continue pushing those positions, there could be clashes. ryan browne. thank you. >>> 35 minutes past the hour. new information this morning on the intelligence summary containing the unverified claims russia may have compromising information on president-elect donald trump. reporting which contradicts statements from trump team. the summary was not just handed to them as the package of documents. but fbi director james comey personally briefed donald trump on the intelligence. joe biden now confirms he and the president were briefed on the same information. let's get the latest from cnn's evan perez
Bloomberg
Jan 13, 2017 4:00am EST
clue. -- i have not a clue. you are the inside guy. will it be mr. tillerson or mr. trump? kevin: it will start at the top with mr. trump. you saw some wiggle room on key , whether key positions it is the trans-pacific partnership. rex tillerson, in terms of his global economic policy, indicated that he was supportive of tpp, unlike president-elect trump. and then on other issues, we heard from a wide ranging cabinet of appointees, like senator jeff sessions. record, heok at his is more aligned with supporting specific mergers and acquisitions. with at&t and time warner in the pipeline, that is another signal of a different approach from trump. tom: help me with the sunday talk shows. -- dohey look back to the we actually move on to something to do with governance? the trump transition sources i am speaking with feel they have to move beyond the russia intelligence report. i expect that to come up on the sunday shows. but the majority of the sunday shows will be dominated by less until inauguration. a lot is going on next week. a lot of people will be there in political circles, or t
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 11:35pm PST
take it from here. mr. tillerson, thank you so much for being here today, sir. >> thank you for your time and look forward to your questions. >> stephen: sir has anyone ever told you you have the rich, buttery texan voice that makes you sound like a wealthy car dealership owner with a heart of gold at secretly saves the town football team? >> yes, sir. >> stephen: a total layup -- given what vladimir putin has done in chechnya, syria and the ukraine, let me ask you this simple question, is vladimir putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> stephen: all right. then what term would you use, sir? take a look at this picture. would you use the term shaved vampire? how about the term that painting from ghostbusters two but with man? >> ip not in a position to be able to make that determination. >> stephen: fine. let's move on. mr. tillerson, do you believe vladimir putin is responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists and political opponents. >> i do not have sufficient information to make that claim. >> stephen: let me see if i can inform you
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 11:00pm PST
from here. mr. tillerson, thank you so much for being here today, sir. >> thank you for your time and look forward to your questions. >> stephen: sir has anyone ever told you you have the rich, buttery texan voice that makes you sound like a wealthy car dealership owner with a heart of gold at secretly saves the town football team? >> yes, sir. >> stephen: a total layup -- given what vladimir putin has done in chechnya, syria and the
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 11:00pm EST
, i'll take it from here. mr. tillerson, thank you so much for being here today, sir. >> thank you for your time and look forward to your questions. >> stephen: sir has anyone ever told you you have the rich, buttery texan voice that makes you sound like a wealthy car dealership owner with a heart of gold at secretly saves the town football team? >> yes, sir. >> stephen: a total layup -- given what vladimir putin has done in chechnya, syria and the ukraine, let me ask you this
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 11:00pm EST
-- >> marco, marco, i'll take it from here. mr. tillerson, thank you so much for being here today, sir. >> thank you for your time and look forward to your questions. >> stephen: sir has anyone ever told you you have the rich, buttery texan voice that makes you sound like a wealthy car dealership owner with a heart of gold at secretly saves the town football team? >> yes, sir. >> stephen: a total layup -- given what vladimir putin has done in chechnya, syria and the ukraine, let me ask you this
NBC
Jan 12, 2017 6:00pm PST
of our kid's health. tell your senators to reject rex tillerson. and protect american interests not corporate interests. >>> right now it's 6:30. drying out from a week full of storms. showing you a live look in san francisco and san jose where we saw a nice break from the rain today. >> but there are still some areas of serious concern. chief melania trump jeff ranieri keeping an eye on the russian river in plafrm jeff. >> that's right, terry. there's a few straggling spotty showers throughout the bay area, but we're done with the threat of any rain all throughout this upcoming weekend. in terms of the main threat right now, it's still on the russian river. with very the flooding extending until friday morning. in terms of the water level, we've seen it drop around 2 feet since our last update at 5:00 tonight. it originally crested at 37.82 feet yesterday. now it's down to 30 feet and we do think it will continue to go down rapidly as we continue throughout the rest of tonight and specifically friday and saturday's forecast. but what i do want everyone to know if you're near the ru
CNN
Jan 12, 2017 6:00pm PST
health. tell your senators to reject rex tillerson. and protect american interests not corporate interests. we are back live, our guest this evening, speaker of the house, mr. paul ryan, i want to bring in gail wilson, she grew up in texas. she works in international development. she is a republican. >> since you have been elected to congress. you pickled up as an expert on the budget. as a trump administration and their agenda, increasing the funding with infrastructure. billing the wall among our southern border and increasing the capacity of our military, all lost because of paying taxes. do you believe the agenda is fiscally solvent? >> the tax reform we call revenue neutral. for tack, carveouts, which broadens the tax base, meaning more money so we're more competitive t. gentleman who is a tool and die maker. that one dwig i was telling him, raises a trillion dollars in revenue to help us lower our tax rate. for instance, the tax reform is revenue trut u neutral. we have to pay for those things. that's what our spring budget is going to do. for instance, there is a big infra
Bloomberg
Jan 12, 2017 7:00pm EST
ittle measured than mr. tillerson on the south china sea. to say.hat he had >> international waters are international waters and to figure out how do we deal withholding on to the kind of rules that we've over many years that led to the prospity for many nations. ours.st for >> now, neither mattis nor tillerson offered solutions as to how they would stop china from taking those actions in the south china sea. malcolm davis of the australian strategic policy institute says this. going to war with china, there is nothing the americans can do. so very pointed there. he says this sort of off-the-cuff remark by akin to a s tweet. fire.ours fuel on the he likened china's expansion sea like th china russia taking crimea. >> that's all about china flip en we have to over to russia. we just heard from defense secretary mattis. we've had confirmation hearings for trump's choice director. neither appear to be in lock step with the president-elect. > yeah, especially on the russia issue, because you can see both of these entlemen, mattis and also pompeo, the designate to be director, assuaging
FOX News
Jan 12, 2017 1:00pm PST
tillerson yesterday, nominee for secretary of state. and i was impressed with mr. tillerson, went the entire hearing without a single note or briefing book if front of him. six weeks ago i think couldn't have guessed he was likely to be the nominee for secretary of state. he gave thorough and thoughtful answers. but on a number of topics i was concerned. that he was either evasive or suggested he didn't have enough information o a couple of topics. senator rubio pressed him hard about human rights violations by russia. a number of us, myself included also asked him about his view on sanctions against russia and how and in what way we ought to work together to push back on russian aggression. ukraine and against nato. and he also had, i think, unsatisfactory answers about lobbying activities against sanctions by exxon-mobil when he was ceo. i'm going to be sitting down this weekend and digging through the transcript because we also had the seconds day of the sessions confirmation hearings yesterday. so there was a lot going on yesterday. >> neil: are you leaning to backing him, sir, as
FOX News
Jan 12, 2017 11:00am PST
listen to a quick lip from mr. tillerson. >> the highland building in the south china sea itself, many respects in my view, building islands and then putting military assets on those islands, is akin to russia's taking of crimea. china's activity in this area is extremely worrisome. failure of a response has allowed them to keep pushing the envelope. we are e going to have to send china a clear signal first the island building stops. and second your ak access to those islands is not allowed. >> heather: that testimony, and testimony just like that, i think it's probably taken wind out of the sails of democrats who thought that perhaps mr. tillerson and mr. trump wouldn't be so tough on the issue. >> absolutely. rex tillerson as well, like general mattis, performed brilliantly in the hearings. there's very little room for democrats to go and attack him outside of just traditional partisan political theater. for eight years, our foreign policy and military policy has been present dick tiffly weak. under trump administration i think you're going to see a refocusing on the most boo i
CNN
Jan 12, 2017 11:00am PST
with cia nominee mike pompeo. and i asked if he was going to meet with mr. tillerson and he said i got nothing more to add. i asked him if he feels any different than last night. take a listen. >> we're still working through the process. >> are you feeling any better right now about rex tillerson? >> well, we're still working through it so we'll have a decision here soon. >> today? >> i don't know what the timing is, but certainly before the vote. >> people respecting the bush administration believe you'll take a hard line on russia. from what you heard yesterday do you side with those folks for like leeza rice for instance? >> very noncommittal. because there's only one seat on that foreign relations committee and let's say all vote know and marco rubio decide to vote know, he will not have the votes to over come the committee. and at that point they need to make a decision whether to bypass and is really frowned upon and so a lot of problems for mr. tillerson if mark ryco o decides to vote no. >> next, a late night stage set for an obama showdown. we will talk about the hurdles o
FOX Business
Jan 12, 2017 2:00pm EST
pressure in that direction. i take mr. tillerson's comments to indicate, number one, he does not want to have issues and problems with labeling people war criminals, and as your response suggests, that would be probably a very imprudent thing to do at a hearing. [laughter] trish: yeah. >> but also that he's listening and he's not responding in a way -- trish: yeah. i mean, i think -- >> -- that senator rubio is trivial or stupid -- trish: right -- [inaudible conversations] >> not going to go as far as you're going to go. trish: michael, we've got breaking news -- >> well, you've got to break. trish: at&t is saying it ceo, randall stevenson, had a, quote, very good meeting with president-elect donald trump today. the company also stating that the p pending time warner merger was, quote, not a topic of discussion at that meeting. of course, we were talking earlier about the need for randall stevenson perhaps to, you know, patch things over a little bit in the event of what we saw out of cnn and trump's frustration with cnn. cnn, of course, is owned by time warner. now, during the c
CNBC
Jan 12, 2017 1:00pm EST
reporting on the confirmation hearings yesterday of mr. tillerson and today mr. mattis. some of that reporting characterizes a more, quote, hawkish tone, in foreign affairs. i wonder whether you see it that way, based on what the testimony has been, number one, in a trump administration, and number two, what would that mean in practice? a more confrontational approach? more boots on the ground in europe? what? >> well, first of all, take general mattis from today. i think he's an expert on military readiness, and he's frustrated that we have declined in that area, so i think what you're going to see there is someone who is going to build up the military. when it comes to rex tillerson, i thought yesterday he did a phenomenal job of being very judicious, very thoughtful, said i'm not getting intelligence briefings. i want more information before i commit to a policy. i think all of this points to the fact that donald trump doesn't have a rubber stamp when it comes to nominees. what donald trump wants are experts who are going to give him expert advice, practical advice from the field,
CSPAN
Jan 12, 2017 12:29pm EST
quote conflict of interest. and i'm worried, mr. president, that mr. tillerson as c.e.o. and chairman of exxonmobil conducted business with all three foreign state sponsors of terrorism through a foreign subsidiary in a way that allowed exxon to evade u.s. sanctions. as the head of exxon, mr. tillerson did business with the terrorism trifecta: iran, syria, the sudan. this raises serious questions that the man who is nominated to be the face of the united states to the world has so much experience doing business with our most prominent and concerning adversaries. at the hearing under questions from the senior senator from new jersey and the senator from oregon, mr. tillerson denied having knowledge of these dealings and directed senators to seek more information from exxonmobil itself. three times he told the committee that -- quote -- he did not recall any of the details. throughout the afternoon it sounded like he was following the dodge ball rules for confirmation hearings. dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge. in fact, he basically admitted it to the junior senator from virginia. now, i
BBC News
Jan 12, 2017 5:00pm GMT
mr tillerson in that position? yes. what about the other nominees, like mr pompeo? his tone was different to trump‘s yesterday. will he have the leeway that he needs? i hope so. i suspect this may be an environment when you get strong side draft, like with the white house from time to time. but as the dossier business demonstrates, mr trump is capable, over a period, of accepting facts which he initially rejected. he started out claiming the russians we re started out claiming the russians were not responsible for the hack on the democratic national party, and has over a period of a few weeks swung over to accept that. i‘m not entirely pessimistic that this cannot be made to work. good to talk to you again. thank you forjoining us. the former uk ambassador to russia between 2004—2008 there. i government backed review is recommending that the uk should build tidal lagoons to capture energy from the sea. ministers must now decide whether or not to press ahead with plans to build one in swansea bay after the report said it could provide clean, reliable electricity for more th
FOX Business
Jan 12, 2017 12:00pm EST
buys confirmed, if not a significant number of republicans peel off which is a question for mr. tillerson when the rough line of questioning from the likes of marco rubio and in a general senate vote from the likes of lindsey graham and john mccain who could conceivably vote against him but i don't see any of these imperilled here, what about you? reporter: probably not. tiller been so with big question mark. when asked about it senator rubio still hadn't made up his mind. he has power to hold it up in committee and could be 10-10, him deciding vote boeing other way. if there was one looking at i guess that would be it. a lot of people think that senator rubio comes around to voting for mr. tillerson. we'll see. the pompeo hearings, is it is interesting and i heard a little bit earlier, we dipped in at odd time there. earlier when we was going through and asking him a lot about russia, the russia hacking story, seems like he gave a very forceful response in favor of the intelligence community even more than we've heard i think from the president-elect himself. for example on th
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2017 9:00am PST
that they have that they can't wait for barack obama to leave and they can't wait for mr. trump to come in. and yet when you heard the testimony yesterday from tillerson and others you began the hear more of a separation from the trump line about -- >> the campaign. >> about the nature russia has. >> vladimir putin certainly front and center at all of these confirmation hearings. joining us now from capitol hill is former defense secretary william kohn who while serving under bill clinton as defense secretary was a republican senator from maine and before the that a house member from maine. thank you very much. >> andrea, good to be with you. >> -- for joining us. putin foout and frump's relationship with vladimir putin is such an important piece of. i just interviewed the vice president while you were on championship and he said he hopes donald trump once he sits hyped that desk in the oval office will have a different view about the intelligence community and about vladimir putin. >> andrea, i think the cloud of doubt is going to hangover the president-elect as long as information abo
ABC
Jan 12, 2017 7:00am PST
not have sufficient information to make this claim. >> none of is this classified, mr. tillerson. these people are dead. >> reporter: rubio's vote is key. they have just a one-person majority on the senate foreign relations committee. without his support, tillerson's nomination could stall, and this morning trump's formal rival is still not convinced. >> you know, i have to make sure that i'm 100% behind whatever decision that i make. >> reporter: straight off the bat, tillerson took a strong stance on russia. >> we must also be clear-eyed about our relationship with russia. russia today poses a danger. our nato allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent russia. >> reporter: but his relationship with vladimir putin was hard to shake. >> i and many of my colleagues have deep concerns about your relationship with mr. putin. >> do you believe these activities could have happened without the knowledge and the consent of vladimir putin? >> what are you going to say to vladimir putin when he says to you but, rex, you said sanctions were bad? >> my pivot now if confirmed to be secretary of
NBC
Jan 12, 2017 7:00am PST
hill, where rex tillerson, mr. trump's pick for secretary of state, faced intense questioning. democratic senator bob mendez asking tillerson whether or not he lobbied against sanctions for russia and iran. >> i never lobbied against sanctions, personally. >> the company you directed did. >> to my knowledge, exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions. ♪ >> reporter: tillerson denounced russia's recent actions. but couldn't say if the president-elect agrees with him. >> the president-elect and i have not had an opportunity to discuss this specific issue or this specific area. >> good-bye. >> reporter: tillerson saying they've discussed broad policy principles recording russia. but haven't gone beyond that. marco rubio going head-to-head with tillerson, over whether vladimir putin is a war criminal. >> do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists and political opponents? >> i do not have sufficient information to make that claim. >> reporter: and speaking with nbc's andrea mitchell after the
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 7:00am PST
highlighted differences between tillerson and mr. trump and shared how he sees the relationship. >> we're not likely to be friends. as others noted, our value systems are starkly different. we do not hold the same values, but i also know the russian people because of having spent so many years in russia. there is scope to define a different relationship. >> first on nato to be clear because there was discussion on article 5. can you clarify that you believe article 5 creates a binding obligation to assist any member was alliances of victim of aggression regardless of size or geographic location. >> yes, sir, i do. >> as secretary of state, would you threaten to break the u.s. commitment to article 5 as a means of pressuring allies to spend more on defense. >> i would not recommend that, no, sir. risk of climate change does exist, and that the consequences of it could be serious enough that action should be taken. >> what do you believe the position of the united states ought to be in the south china sea, and what more could we be doing to stop china from violating international law? >> ch
CNBC
Jan 12, 2017 9:00am EST
state ambassador lincoln bloomfield. mr. ambassador, good to have you with us. good morning. >> good morning, carl. >> we all watched rex tillerson yesterday. the general take this morning is that he made some attempts to be more hawkish on russia than donald trump certainly has been. did you see it that way? >> yes and no. i think secretary designate tillerson showed he's a seasoned executive. he's been around the world for a long time. he's dealt with russia. he's certainly trying to show the senate that he's separating from his previous life, 41 years as the ceo of exxonmobil and he's representing american interests. as for president-elect trump, you heard him say yesterday he might have a good relationship with putin, he might have a bad relationship with putin. i'd be very careful if i were putin because if you cross president trump, i don't think that it would be a very good relationship. >> why not? >> well, because i think above all president-elect trump wants to be successful. he wants to restore u.s. national security. if putin embarrasses him by threatening the baltic stat
FOX Business
Jan 12, 2017 9:00am EST
criticisms is mr. shulkin is not draining the swamp. you are almost adding to it. >> dr. shulkin is a ceo, a private sector ceo and other cabinet officials like rex tillerson. he has been at the va in only one year. in that one year he has come to understand, he has been in charge of the hospital, the health system. that's where the biggest problems have been, the delays on the healthcare side. that's where dr. shulkin is coming from. he's only been there 12 months. stuart: if you are the gatekeeper, you have got to know something about this gentleman. do you believe that he would her a system of privatization into the va? would he do that? >> no, i think at this point in time that would be a stretch. first we have to improve the systems we have. when you look at the scope and depth of our va hospital systems, it would be impossible to privatize that in a short order way. it doesn't mean if you remember a year or so ago in congress, we said any veteran who has to wait a certain number of days or weeks can move into the private sector to get their treatment. even in that small piece th
CNN
Jan 12, 2017 5:00am PST
that mr. tillerson gave to your fellow lawmakers? >> i think mr. tillerson did a really good job. this is not an easy task for him. he wasn't thinking about becoming secretary of state two months ago. democrats were talking about how remarkable it was he didn't have a note. he didn't even take notes during the hearing. this is all off the top of his head. he had an awful lot of things to say. he proved himself to be highly intelligent. very knowledgeable about a host of issues. also pretty deft at handling show boating on parts of other members, pressing on questions i want a secretary of state to answer. >> let me play you one short moment this was his answer to whether or not he had ever lobbied congress or white house for sanctions to be lifted on russia and he gave an answer that today fact checkers say was false. listen to this. >> i have never lobbied against sanctions. >> company you direct dead. >> to my knowledge, exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions. >> okay. so senator, according to congressional records, public records, exxon repeatedly talked to lawmakers and the
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 7:00am EST
language from tillerson, but he didn't get it. >> mr. tillerson, do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists, and opponents? >> i do not make that claim. >> it also became clear he has never discussed russia with his would-be boss. >> i would have thought that russia would be at the very top of that considering all the actions that are taking place. did that not happen? >> that has not occurred yet, senator. >> it's pretty amazing. >> outside the hearing room, there was one topic on everyone's mind. >> always wondered what did russia have on donald trump. >> some republicans suns state yat there was a leak by the u.s. intelligence. but the teerls stem from a private investigation, not a u.s. probe. senator john mccain was handed a copy from late last year from an outside source he wouldn't name. >> i don't know. that's why i gave it to the fbi. >> reporter: rubio did not address the specific allegations but it's clear russia is achieving its objectives. >> i think they're sitting back and saying we've go
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 4:00am PST
mr. trump's nominee for secretary of state rex tillerson faces more questions on capitol hill today. u.s./russian relations dominated the first day of tillerson's hearing. chip reid reports. >> is vladimir putin a war. >> i would not use that term. he graphically described russian bombing in syria. >> mr. putin has targeted schools and markets and other civilian infrastructure. it's resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. you are still not prepared to say that vladimir putin and his military have violated the rules on of war and have conducted war crimes in aleppo. >> those are very, very serious charges to make and i would want to have much more information. before reaching a conclusion. >> i find it discouraging your inability to cite that which i think is globally accepted. >> reporter: rubio has not yet decided whether to support tillerson. if he votes no, that could put tillerson's confirmation at risk with a divided senate. tillerson said the two nations will probably never be friends. >> our value systems are starkly different. >> reporter: tillerson also encountere
classified domain and i think to deal with a serious question like this -- >> mr. tillerson -- >> fully informed before advising the president. >> there is so much information about what is happening in aleppo, leaving the chechen aside. that not difficult to say vladimir putin's military has conducted war crimes in aleppo because you agree it would never be acceptable for them to target civilians. i find it discouraging your ability to site that, which i think is globally sets it -- accepted. host: for more on rex tillerson's appearance before , weforeign senate committee moved to our foreign correspondent who was watching many hours of hearings. they give for joining us. one of the headlines from politico is that tillerson had a shaky show before skeptical senators. you are one of the reporters on that story. why a shaky showing? guest: he did not seem to satisfy a lot of the concerns that senators had, especially on russia. he acted very lawyerly, almost. he would not take a position that marco rubio or others wanted on putin. in theights violations philippines, saudi arabia, he just
ABC
Jan 12, 2017 4:00am PST
putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> mr. tillerson, do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists and political opponents? >> i do not have sufficient information to make that claim. >> none of this is classified, mr. tillerson. these people are dead. >> and rubio says he has not yet decided whether he'll vote to approve tillerson's nomination, and without rubio's support, tillerson's confirmation could actually be in jeopardy. >>> and speaking of confirmations, attorney general nominee jeff sessions also had a tough time on capitol hill, especially with black lawmakers. his colleagues, senator cory booker and representative john lewis, were among those warning that sessions has shown hostility towards civil rights. sessions denies accusations of racism and says he's totally committed to freedom and equality for every citizen. >>> defense secretary nominee retired general james mattis is set to testify before the senate armed services committee this morning. congress is expected to a
NBC
Jan 12, 2017 4:00am PST
relations committee is giving his sign off i believe mr. tillerson has the potential to be an outstanding secretary of state. however, it's not necessarily a done deal as tillerson faced heavy scrutiny from republican senators including marco rubio who came out swinging regarding putin. >> do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dicy dent journalists and political opponents. >> i do not have sufficient information to make that claim. >> none of this is classified. these people are dead. >> marco rubio has not said whether he would support tillerson's nomination. senator jeff sessions faced a second day of questioning in his bid to serve as the nation's next attorney general. his own colleagues all testified against him calling sessions unfit for office. >> i want an attorney general who is committed to supporting law enforcement and securing law and order but that is not enough. >> we need someone who will stand up, speak up, and speak out for the people that need help. >> to have a senator, a house member, a living civil rig
CBS
Jan 12, 2017 3:12am PST
tillerson today came from a republican, senator marco rubio of florida. >> is vladimir putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> reporter: rubio, a leading critic of russia, graphically described russian bombing in syria. >> mr. putin has directed his military to conduct a devastating campaign that's targeted schools and markets and other civilian infrastructure that has resulted in the death of thousands of civilians. you are still not prepared to say that vladimir putin and his military have violated the rules of war and conducted war crimes in aleppo? >> those are very, very serious charges to make, and i would want to have much more information before reaching a conclusion. >> i find it discouraging your inability to cite that, which i think is globally accepted. >> reporter: rubio has not yet decided whether to support tillerson. if he votes no, that could put the oil executive's confirmation at risk in the narrowly divided senate. rubio has previously criticized tillerson, who has known putin for years, for accepting an order of friendship from the russian presid
FOX News
Jan 12, 2017 3:00am PST
conclusions on what is only publicly available. >> none of this is classified, mr. tillerson. >> your question is people who are directly responsible for that. i'm not disputing these people are dead. steve: so why was marco rubio -- >> wanting a headline because i'm not in washington. this is marco's revenge. steve: for what? >> he feels he was wronged during the campaign by donald trump. i have no doubt that marco rubio, you know, would probably like to take the verge of war over -- i don't know lithuania or whatever he thinks we should be fighting russia over. but to question tillerson who is going to be secretary of state and make him demand at that moment to declare putin a war criminal, saudi arabia rights violator. to what end? how is that going to make him a better secretary of state to represent america's interest when he's going to have to work with these countries? we want better relationships with these countries, but we want to have a clear eyed view of what russia is for sure, what saudi arabia does. but is more about marco rubio reasserting himself as the neoconservativ
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2017 3:00am PST
. >> none of this is classified, mr. tillerson. these people are dead. in youopinion, is saudi arabia a human rights violator? >> saudi arabia certainly does not share the same values of america. i think the question is what is the pace of progress that should be expected for the kingdom of saudi arabia to advance rights to women and others in the country. >> as it currently stands, do you consider what they are doing a human rights violation? >> i would need to have greater information, senator, in order to make a true determination that have. >> you're not familiar with the state of affairs for people in saudi arabia what life is like for women? they can't drive. people are jailed and lashed. you are familiar with all of that? >> yes, senator, i'm familiar with all of that. >> so what more information would you need? >> in terms of when you designate someone or label someone, the question is that the most effective way to have progress continue to be made in saudi arabia or any other country. >> that is a problem. that's a big problem. >> a huge problem. we have a lot more. david igna
FOX Business
Jan 12, 2017 6:00am EST
tillerson, perhaps opposition maybe somewhat mot vista by opposition but specific case mr. rubio raised, do you think that this question of.being a war criminal should secretary nominee have to affirm that putin is a war criminal to get this job? >> you know, i had sympathy for mr. tillerson yesterday -- is not secretary of state yet as he said he doesn't have access to all the classified information so he was asked to call putin war criminal he was asked to call the philippines saudi arabia, vie lateors of human rights they have violated human rights of many citizens some questions as bob gates said yesterday when he commented have legal implications, if you brand a country under some of our laws, guilty of human rights violations that requires then a cutoff u.s. assistance other measures i think he was right to say let me get into job first said he was engineer he wants to look at all the facts, i think that was right. that he did that. but i think he in the way he handled the question he could have said i am not going to brand them human rights vooirt officially right now what they have
CNN
Jan 12, 2017 3:00am PST
panel. so a lot to talk about. let's talk about the moment that has been ruled false to mr. tillerson testified to about whether or not he or exxon mobil ever lobbied congress or the white house about sanctions against rush yachlt let me play for you what he said or tiller is on said when asked. >> i never lobbied against sanctions. >> company you directed did. >> to my knowledge, exxon never dire directly lobbied against sanctions. >> that has been ruled false. according to congressional records the oil company repeatedly talked to lawmakers and the white house. >> so this is something that companies like exxon routinely do. their job is to make money and especially through the energy business there are parts of the world that are very challenging in terms of the u.s. national security and foreign policy. it's not always good business for companies to have to deal with u.s. foreign policy more value based. rex tillerson ultimately will be fine. if he continues to take the some what tougher line on russia. >> did he lie under oath there? >> this is what i was going to say allison in finishing i
CNBC
Jan 12, 2017 5:00am EST
realize you picked it. >> tillerson for state. mr. tillerson showed he's nobody's fool, that he has a good sense of challenges america faces and that the u.s. has paid a price for the obama administration's retreat to leadership, and that there should have been a show of force when the russians invaded crimea, and that the u.s. ought to give the ukraines the arms they need to defend themselves against russia. so giving mr. tillerson their endorsement, and in contrast to the other 24-hour show in terms of trump/russia relations, saying the quicker he is confirmed and is able to give advice to mr. trump, the better. >> they did pick, as you mentioned, a number of the quotes in the comments where untilerson made it clear that he had prepared and had some well-formed thoughts about russia. >> and wasn't going to be soft on russia as his friend. >> because he made big deals there. >> john harwood saying there were mixed reviews. the "wall street journal" one of the positive ones. >> we're approaching the top of the hour. the team is getting ready for "squawk box." special guest today. becky qui
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2017 2:00am PST
the hot seat, not rex tillerson. >> if putin were to instigate -- >> your relationship with mr. putin. >> what are you going to say to vladimir putin -- >> donald trump's nominee to be a top diplomat, a texas oil man with no experience, and business deals with russia and that friendship award. >> we have to be clear about our relationship with russia. russia today poses a danger. >> not tough enough for a key republican, marco rubio, who came out swinging, asking about putin's record on syria. >> is he a war criminal? >> imed not use a term. >> his military targeted schools, markets -- >> i would want to have much more information but reaching a conclusion. >> i find it discouraging your inability to cite that which is globally accepted. >>> on putin's human rights record at home. >> do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists and political opponents. >> i do not have significant information to make that claim. >> none of this is classified. these people are dead. >>> he did get a boost from a s
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Jan 12, 2017 2:00am PST
, confident in what he knows about the threat. i thought it was okay. i thought mr. tillerson handled himself well. he understands that some of these words that senator rubio wanted him to use has very serious consequences for our chief dip plo-- diplomat. mr. tillerson has to be careful about what he says and labels he next secretary of the united states. >> we are going to move on now to general james mad dog mattis, that's the big one today. you expect this will be an easier day for him than tillerson and sessions saw? this is someone you personally know? >> i have met general mattis. he has a reputation that goes before him, as a killer, in fact, he really is, mideast a marines marine, a trained war fighter, he's a gentleman, i have met him one of the kindest guy that is you'll meet. he will do very well today. he's going to have tough questions. the democrats are going to see if there's -- they are going to try to look and exploit the light between him and the president elect on russia and see what kind of tact he takes with the russians, they're going to want to see what his ideas are a
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